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The Commodification of Indigenous Cultures

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Simone Crowe

on 19 April 2010

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Tourism Tourists, especially westerners are served by indigenous cultures for entertainment Advertisement The INdigenous Spectacle Cultures have changed since traditions became a show for tourists Patronizing Viewed as primitive Savage Wild Untamed Displaced Homes Widespread eviction from land Poverty Fracturing Traditional Values Drugs Alcohol Prostitution Lack of Freedom Cultural expression is suppressed to fit tourists' expectations Assimilation Aboriginal Australians Kankanyeas Cordillera, North Philippines
1.3 million Indigenous solemnity and rituals disrespected Caves, their sacred burial grounds vandalized by graffiti
ancestors’ bones stolen by tourists Native Americans Maasai Ethiopian Hamer Tourism is used as a tool to assert their identity
http://www.janesoceania.com/australia_europeans/aboriginals_1906.jpg http://www.janesoceania.com/australia_europeans/aboriginals_1906.jpg Resources Commons.wikimedia.org, Nambassa,"1981 event Australian aboriginals.jpg," May 4, 2007
Raymond Chavez,
"Globalisation and tourism: Deadly mix for indigenous peoples," Third World Resurgence No. 103, March 1999, Lucy Corne, "Can Tribal Tourism Actually Help Preserve Indigenous Culture?" April 30, 2008, http://www.bravenewtraveler.com/2008/04/30/can-tribal-tourism-actually-help-preserve-indigenous-culture/ Commons.wikimedia.org, Fritz Scholder, "The American Indian," 1970. Tetraktys, January 1, 2009. Sex tourism Canada's Royal Commission report documented the perilous state of First Nations housing: 84% of Aboriginal households on reserves did not have sufficient income to cover housing Canada Colonialism Thai women are generally very petite, weighing between 85 and 105 pounds. ... Most of the bar girls simply love sex and will surprise you with a few positions and techniques of their own. ... The average Thai bar girl is motivated primarily by money, few by love and romance. It is estimated that 10% of the population of women (about 30 million) in their mid to late teens and twenties work either part time or full time in the sex industry. The most beautiful and exotic women will be found in Bangkok, many originally from the northern parts of Thailand. Most women who work the sex industry do so to gain wealth and to help support their families, many of whom are in utter poverty. While the mainstream media has portrayed most Thai bar girls as prostituted children who are helpless victims of poverty, this in nothing less than a myth; the reality is the vast majority are mature adults who have willingly continued to work in the sex industry not out of need, but out of greed. ... Thai bar girls are extremely sensual, they praise beauty and wealth, follow closely the virtues of Buddhism, understand and service well the sexual needs of the foreigner, seeing him as their ticket to a life of fame and fortune.
thailand Tana Toraja, Indonesia direct eviction of people from their homes by corporate and state actors for the purposes of tourism.
ecotourism 370 million indigenous people in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. They are among the most impoverished, marginalized and frequently victimized people in the world. http://www.dexterhorn.com/country/northamerica/usa.htm Over 300 indigenous tourism operators in Australia
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